Sustainability


Sustainability

As constant travellers, Mongolia’s nomadic herders practiced what is now called sustainability long before the term became fashionable. A way of life defined by the elements, moving with their families and animals as the seasons change, remains central to life on the steppe.

Guided by nature, nomads carry only essentials, taking care of what they have and collecting few belongings, while having a minimal impact on the landscape.

Human vulnerability in the face of extreme climatic conditions requires resourcefulness, adaptability and the best materials to depend on.

Whether they stand still in the warm summer sun, or astride a horse as an icy winter wind whips round them, Mongolia’s nomads dress with pragmatism and pride. When every item must last a lifetime and serve any situation, only the most elegant and durable designs will do.

Van de Steppe products are made from the same high-quality, all-natural fibres, and their classical and practical designs should last many seasons, provided you look after them with the same care that went into their creation.

We actively promote sustainable production and processing of cashmere and wool products. We also encourage our customers to be mindful of where their clothes are made, and the environmental impact of their lifestyle choices. 

Made in Mongolia

All our products are proudly made in Mongolia, with the aim of preserving its environment and heritage as one of the world’s last nomadic cultures. We work with local producers and manufacturers who respect international standards of safety, best business practices, ethics and environmental protection.

Mongolia is renowned for its expertise in combing and creating the highest quality cashmere, as the second-biggest producer globally. Along with goat cashmere, camel and yak wool are also becoming more popular for their warmth, comfort and sustainability.

When the country freezes over to become one of the coldest places on the planet, Mongolia’s goats, camels and yaks grow their coats extra long and shaggy, to stay snug and survive temperatures colder than the Arctic. By spring, they no longer need their heavy coats, and are gently hand-combed off by herders. But their cashmere and wool are sure to keep you warm too, wherever your journey takes you.